It is not uncommon to see fellow drivers using their smartphones while driving on the roadways in California. Unfortunately, surfing the World Wide Web, talking and texting on a cell phone while driving are dangerous activities that can easily cause serious accidents. Fortunately, if you have suffered injuries in a car accident due to another person's decision to drive while distracted, you have the right to seek to hold him or her accountable through the civil court system.
Additional examples of driving while distracted, outside of Web surfing, talking and texting, include eating or applying makeup while operating a vehicle. In addition, some motorists hold onto their pets while navigating their cars. Meanwhile, others scroll through their phones or MP3 players to play their favorite tunes.
Sadly, these seemingly harmless activities can lead to major accidents when done behind the wheel. The state of California has taken steps to eradicate distracted driving, which is why the state's laws regarding distracted driving are among the toughest ones in the United States. Still, not all acts of distracted driving are covered in these laws.
If someone has caused you physical injuries in a car accident due to careless driving, it is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against him or her, seeking damages. If you can establish liability before the court hearing your case, with the help of an attorney, you may receive a judicial award of monetary damages that might help you to cover your related medical bills. A monetary award might also help you to address any pain and suffering or emotional distress that the accident has caused you in California.